Governor's Traffic Safety Committee


Joe Morrissey
Casey McNulty

MEDIA ADVISORY: State Agencies Partner to Remind Motorists of Drowsy Driving Dangers in Rochester
Multi-Agency Partnership Promotes Safe Driving Ahead of Daylight Saving Time, Which Begins Sunday, March 13

WHAT: Several state agencies are partnering with UR Medicine's Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for a press conference to raise awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving. The agencies include the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), Thruway Authority, Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Department of Health (DOH).

WHO: Representatives from the GTSC, Thruway Authority, DOT, and UR Medicine's Strong Memorial Hospital, in addition to a mother whose life was changed forever when her son was killed by a drowsy driver.

WHEN: The press conference will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

WHERE: University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue (School of Medicine and Dentistry entrance), Forbes Mezzanine, 2nd floor. Parking is available in the nearby Medical Research Building (MRB) Lot #8.

WHY: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. Motorists can unexpectedly feel the potential effects of the time change on their sleep schedules and routines, which can put them and those with whom they are sharing the road at risk. Sleepiness can slow reaction time, impair vision and judgment, and delay the processing of information, increasing the odds of crashes, injuries, and even deaths on New York State roadways.